View Full Version : Mexico: Traditional Maize Can Cope With Climate Change

09-15-11, 11:42 AM
By Emilio Godoy
IPS, September 8, 2011
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Maize, Mexico's staple food as well as a symbol, has the potential to adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects without any need for genetically modified seeds, according to agricultural scientists.

Mexico has at least 59 landraces (traditional, locally-adapted strains that are rich in biodiversity) and 209 varieties of corn. White maize is the most commonly eaten variety, while yellow maize is used for animal feed or processed into cornflakes, starch and other products.